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Junior Hockey: Willmar WarHawks make it two in a row against New Ulm

Willmar beats New Ulm 5-2 in an NA3HL game

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The logo of the new Willmar WarHawks, a NA3HL junior hockey franchise.

WILLMAR — The Willmar WarHawks had five players score goals and strong goaltending from Will Pinney to beat the New Ulm Steel, 5-2.

Willmar (4-1) won the NA3HL game before an announced crowd of 250 at the Willmar Civic Center Arena.

The WarHawks’ goals came from Brady O’Brien, Max Cohen, Elbridge Dekraai, Nolan Grier and Ethan Mock.

O’Brien also had an assist. He’s a defenseman from White Bear Lake. Cohen is a forward from Commerce, Michigan. DeKraai is a forward from Willmar who now has three goals and six assists in five games with the Warhawks this season. Grier is a forward from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Mock is a defenseman from Bemidji.

Pinney, from St. Louis Park, stopped 26 of 28 shots to improve his record to 1-1 with a 3.01 goals-against average.

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It’s the second time this season the teams have met. Willmar opened the season with a 4-1 win Sept. 18 at New Ulm.

Willmar plays the Alexandria Blizzard at 7:10 p.m. Saturday at the Runestone Community Center in Alexandria.

Junior Hockey
Willmar 5, New Ulm 2

New Ulm (3-3-0) 1 0 1 — 2
Willmar (4-1-0) 2 1 2 — 5
FIRST PERIOD – (1) W: Elbridge Dekraai 3 (Max Cohen, Tyler Misialek) 2:15 … (2) NU: Bauer Barry 3 (Zach Maillette) 14:21 PP … (3) W: Max Cohen 4 (Nolan Grier) 17:15 PP. PENALTIES: (1) W: Collin Kerchoff (hooking-minor, 2 min) 3:40 … (2) NU: Josh Delange (slashing-minor, 2 min) 11:23 … (3) W: Tyler Misialek (too many men-minor, 2 min) 14:15 … (4) NU: Gus Cantwell (holding-minor, 2 min) 16:03 … (5) NU: Cantwell (too many men-minor, 2 min) 18:25.
SECOND PERIOD – (4) W: Brady O’Brien 2 (Luke Johnson, Ethan Mock) 1:50 … . PENALTIES: (6) NU: Jack Laser (tripping-minor, 2 min) … (7) NU: Maillette (slashing-minor, 2 min) 8:02 … (8) W: Ben Luedtke (roughing-minor, 2 min) 8:02 … (9) W: Ethan Mock (tripping-minor, 2 min) 11:44 … (10) NU: LaHoussine Salama (roughing-minor, 2 min) 19:03 … (11) W: DeKraai (roughing-minor, 2 min) 19:03.
THIRD PERIOD – (5) W: Mock 2 (Meremiah Konkel, Kerchoff) 5:20 ... (6) NU: Marcus Mack 2 (Barry) 11:37 PP … (7) W: Nolan Grier 4 (Konkel) 16:47 PP … PENALTIES: (12) W: Luke Johnson (tripping-minor, 2 min) 8:32 … (13) W: Thomas Holton (interference-minor, 2 min) 11:10 … (14) W: Grier (checking from behind-minor, 2 min) 12:18 … (15) NU: Harrison Albrecht (hooking-minor, 2 min) 13:28 … (16) NU: Gavin Brunmeier (roughing-minor, 2 min) 14:57 … (17) W: Ben Carlson (slashing-minor, 2 min) 14:57 … (18) W: Enzo Tarducci (roughing-minor, 2 min) 14:57.

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – New Ulm: Nolan Lacosse 39/44 … Willmar: Will Pinney 26/28

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